Highway pit stops – Highway food joints between Hyderabad and Chennai

The Hyderabad – Chennai route is our favourite road because it takes us home ! So when we read a few posts on Facebook complaining about the lack of good food or pit stop options on this route, we took it as a personal insult and during our last trip to Nellore in June this year, we made note of decent looking hotels on the highway and compiled a list that we hope will be of some use to travellers on this route.

All roads lead to Chennai !

1. Hyderabad-Nalgonda-Piduguralla-Addanki (NAM Expressway)-Medarametla-Ongole-Nellore-Gudur-Chennai (NH5), shortest and best route. Not much traffic on NAM Expressway till Medarametla and then the route joins NH5.

2. Hyderabad-Nagarjuna Sagar-Macherla-Karampudi (SH19)-Addanki-Ongole-Nellore-Gudur-Chennai (NH5), decent route, take this route if you want to visit Nagarjuna Sagar.

3. Hyderabad-Vijayawada-Ongole-Nellore-Gudur-Chennai (NH5), longer by 100 kms and heavy traffic. Take this route only if you have some work at Vijayawada or would like to see the place.

Pit stops on Hyderabad-Chennai route

We usually take Route no.1, so here we go, a few snippets from our notes:

Narketpalli-Addanki-Medarametla, NAM Expressway, Telangana

– Starting from Hyderabad, there are good food joints near Narketpalli. Organic Village near Choutuppal is a must try.

– A new, posh N Grill resto has come up in recent times near Chityala. A great place if you want a break.

– Hotel Vivera near Narketpally is our regular stop, our trips on this route are incomplete without their chai ! Both these hotels are within 1 & 1/2 hour drive from Hyderabad. Food is good and clean washrooms. Narketpally has a few more good hotels in addition to the ones mentioned above.

– You wouldn’t find good food options near Nalgonda unless you pass through the city but then Narketpalli is only 17 kms before Nalgonda, so you can take a break there. Driving further to Miryalaguda and Damarcherla, a few new food joints have come up. They seem good enough for a quick break. There is a small eatery near Essar fuel station just after Miriyalguda, you can have some coffee and a few snacks. Their washrooms are clean.

NAM Expressway, Andhra Pradesh

– After you cross Miryalaguda region, you enter into Andhra Pradesh, the next big town is Piduguralla, 60kms/1 hour away. Right on the highway, there is a Prashanthi Dhaba, a colleague who hails from Piduguralla vouched for it as being quite popular in Piduguralla. They even have a play area for kids.

– A short distance from Prashanthi Dhaba is Sitara Hotel, the food is good and clean washrooms.  Update May 2018 – A new hotel Vallela Residency has come up at Piduguralla after Sitara Hotel, you could check this one out also. Decent food and clean washrooms.

– Addanki is next, though an important, historical town, there are a few not so great hotels here, unless you are badly in need of a break, you could proceed further to Medarametla.


– Just where NAM Expressway merges with NH5, there is a coffee shop, Rush Cafe. They have coffee and other beverages but nothing to munch. Washrooms are decent. We usually take a break at Narketpally and don’t stop till Addanki or Medarametla.

– If Medarametla doesn’t work out, you could head further to Ongole, 5 kms before you arrive at Ongole, there is a Hi5 restaurant right on the highway. It is a good place for a quick bite or tea, the washrooms are sort of ok. This restaurant has lost its sheen in recent times and we no longer stop here.

– Whether you stop at Ongole or not, you should take a break at Tanguturu Toll Plaza, 16kms from Ongole. A brand new Food Plaza has come up on the first floor of the toll plaza. The washrooms are clean, good food options and above all, a great view of the highway. We need more such pit stops on our highways.

–  Just after Kavali, there is Blue Moon Dhaba, another decent place for lunch/dinner, washrooms are clean too.

– Close to Rajupalem, 51kms from Kavali, you will find R.K.Family restaurant, one of those small roadside hotels but the food is good. We are not sure about washrooms.

– 20kms later, we will proudly welcome you to Nellore ! After you leave Hyderabad, Nellore is the next biggest city on this route but NH5 bypasses Nellore city. If you want to stop at Nellore you will have to deviate into the city from the highway.

– 22 kms from Nellore after you cross Venkatachalam, there is Palle Ruchulu, serving authentic Nellore food. Try their Vada, we loved it because it was as close as the Vadas that are made at a regular Nellore household. If you go before 8 AM, they may not have items like Pongal, Vada, they are available after 8.30 AM !

–  After you drive out of Nellore, on the Nellore-Gudur stretch, there is a 24 hour Cafe Coffee Day outlet on the highway.

– Close to Gudur, you will find the swanky Amaravathi Highway Restaurant, this is the best, state of art restaurant on this route. If you are travelling to Chennai from Hyderabad, don’t miss this place !

– After you cross Gudur, the 70 odd kms from Gudur to Sri City doesn’t seem to have too many options but the road is so good, you can cover the 70 kms in about 45 minutes. The presence of the massive metropolis of Chennai becomes evident after Sri City, there are restaurants, Cafe Coffee Day and other coffee outlets at regular intervals starting from Tada all the way to Chennai outskirts.

On this route, Hyderabad to Chennai takes about 11 hours including breaks. Doable in a single day because the roads are very good but if you want to split the drive stopping for the night, you could consider Ongole, the half way point. You may not find grand hotels but decent ones for a quick transit. Stopping at Nellore doesn’t make sense because from Nellore-Chennai is only a 3 hour drive, so you might as well drive to Chennai. The other option would be taking the Vijayawada route and staying in Vijayawada.

Happy travelling !

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31 thoughts on “Highway pit stops – Highway food joints between Hyderabad and Chennai

  1. For everyone following this route, just wanted to update, there is an upcoming Hotel on the Chennai- Hyd route, just before Gudur, after the Budhanam Toll Plaza.
    A5 Hotel. It includes a fine dine restaurant for travellers, a Cafe coffee day and a 3 star category accomodation along with every other amenity required for a traveller.
    The hotel will begin operations in January 2019. Suggestions and ideas for additional facilities are welcome.

    • Also, I must add, very Clean washrooms(probably the best maintained in the entire route), hygienic food(yes approved by FSSAI) and a comfortable pitstop!

  2. Surya

    Is Satvik food available in Hyd-Srikalahasthi route

    • HOW

      You may find restaurants serving vegetarian food, there are no satvik or pure vegetarian restaurants.

  3. Narayana Thiagarajan


    How is the maintenance of N5 Toll Plaza. The last time I went probably around 6-7 months back, I did not feel the same as I had been there during 2016, December. Are there any other new restaurants come up?

    • HOW

      We stopped for lunch at NH5 Toll Plaza sometime in January this year, it was fine as usual. We do not know the latest status.

  4. Anju

    As suggested by you we stopped over at Palle Ruchulu around 1.30pm, they had veg meals n non veg meals… We had veg meals each costing us Rs 90 and we must say the food was super, thanks for your recommendation.

  5. Biju Mohan

    This has turned out to be my initiation to this route.

    I’m travelling next week from CHN to HYD, and back a week later…. hopefully, the collective knowledge here (specially HOW) helps.

    Thank you all. Will update comments once I’m back in Chennai.

  6. Biju

    This has turned out to be my initiation to this route.

    I’m travelling next week from CHN to HYD, and back a week later…. hopefully, the collective knowledge here (specially HOW) helps.

    Thank you all. Will update comments once I’m back in Chennai.

  7. Cool list of highway food joints between hyderabad and chennai…!

  8. moulitnc

    Hi All,

    Good you see you all back. Again I have planned a trip to Chennai from Hyderabad couple of days before Diwali. Kind request that who ever have traveled in the recent times please share your inputs on road conditions, hotels etc. 🙂

    I also see in google map that the Kurnool, Cudappah, Renigunta route also appears to be the same distance as Hyderabad – Vijayawada – NAM – Chennai Highway. Any suggestions on this?


    • HOW

      We would always recommend the Hyderabad-NAM-Chennai highway, this is the fastest and best route. Roads are always good on this route. Cuddapah-Renigunta may be a double road and you may not find too many options for breaks.

  9. Hemanth Badri

    I would like to take the time to thank the authors and the folks for leaving their inputs.
    We are currently in the process of bringing some good hospitality facilities on this stretch and the thread has been very helpful to plan our service.
    Please keep the inputs coming on how best you would like to be served while travelling on this stretch. Thank you.

    • HOW

      Great news, thank you for writing in. Hygienic food, refreshments and clean washrooms are the watchwords for people on this highway route.

  10. I stumbled on this blog when searching for info on my road trip to Chennai n book marked it. Your blog had been very helpful to me during my trip from Hyderabad to Chennai.

    We started on 10th March at 5 AM from Hyderabad and reached Chennai by 5 PM, with lunch break at N5 toll plaza and a pit shop at Nellore.

    Return trip was on 14th March from Chennai via Vijayawada halt and forward on 15th March to Hyderabad … No pit stops. But pet puja at N5 toll plaza and G Hotel at Suryapet.

    Thank you once again for the post and the guidance. It was very helpful.

    • HOW

      Thank you so much for taking time to write to us. We are glad to know you found our blog useful, keep travelling and sharing your experiences.

  11. subramanian

    good and useful narration for those taking the trip

  12. Narayana Chandramouli


    Wish you all a very very happy and prosperous new year 2017.

    This is my update on latest from Hyderabad to Chennai on 23-12-2016 and back on 01-01-2017. I took the usual route Hyderabad – NAM Expressway – NH16 and took 12.5 hrs door to door. I had to take at least 7 breaks as I have a 2.5 year old kid. Few points to note:

    Hyderabad – Chennai: Started 23-Dec-2016 at 10:15 AM and reached home at 10:45 PM (7 breaks). Chennai – Hyderabad: Started 01-01-2017 at 8:00 AM and reached home at 9:30 PM (11 breaks)

    Door to door – 685 KMs


    1. Till Narketpally all tolls accept PAYTM and Card payment
    2. On NAM Express way and NH-16 all tolls accept card. But few tolls take more time to clear the traffic as they have issues with receiving confirmation from the bank.One toll (after miriyalaguda on the return leg) it took 5 minutes and had to swipe 4-5 times before getting approval.
    3. Few Tolls also claim out of change when drivers especially Heavy vehicles tender 2000 Rs note for 345 Rs.


    1. Roads are good for almost 80% of the journey. Few portions are bad but manageable. Roads immediately before and after Addanki are completely bad (7-8 KMs), immediately before and after Ongole (around 5-6 KM, they are constructing a new bye-pass in Ongole I guess).


    For non-vegetarians there are good hotels throughout the stretch. You get most of north indian food on almost all hotels. However there are no light tiffin available on any of the hotels. One can probably have Chappati and Dal or curd rice. But there are no hotels that offer Idly, Dosa or upma which are more preferable while travelling. Few hotels offer curd rice. I have a point to make for N5 Toll Plaza. We reached the plaza around 5:00 PM and left with option to choose between Fried rice, biriyani, Nan & Paneer Butter Masala. That is not the time to have such heavy food. Since we have hungry we ordered one veg fried rice shared among 3, had a coffee and left.

    For a staunch vegetarian, I would say food options are bad on the highways. One has to go into Nalgonda (Udipi Sriprasad), Ongole or Nellore to have pure vegetarian food. There is tirumala milk parlor after crossing gudur bye pass on the way to chennai (Factory owned Parlor) to get milk for kids, While coming also we can get milk.

    While coming back we had our dinner at vivera (Narketpally). They have separate kitchens for cooking vegetarian and non-vegetarian food as told by the cashier.

    NOTE: On the return leg after 4:00 PM, my kid was asking for poori. This was not available on any of the hotels that was on the highways including Vivera. Finally we had to manage with dosa… ;)… So the lesson is, don’t commit to get any dish on the highway unless you are aware that it will be available.

    All the above are just my experience and request you to share your experience as well.

    Thank you.

    Narayana Chandramouli.

    • HOW

      Thank you so much, Narayana for the detailed information, thank you for taking the time to share your experiences. This will be of great help for those taking this highway to Chennai. We are doing a trip to Chennai this week 🙂 Wish you a great year ahead and happy travelling !

      • Narayana Chandramouli

        Thank you. Have a pleasant and safe journey

      • Kumar

        With santro can we cover hyderabad to chennai ib 14 hrs with a max speed of 80kmph and with 5/ 6 stops

    • Kumar

      What was ur maximum and average speed maintained and what was the beeak time per stop.
      By the which car was it??
      Self planning this week

      • HOW

        Our maximum speed was 110 km/hr, with an average of 90-100 km/hr. We usually take 4 breaks of half an hour each, we take a break every 2.5 to 3 hours. We drove a Ford Figo.

  13. John

    Thank you very well written, hope things are same travelling in Dec 2016

    • HOW

      Thank you ! Our latest trip on this route was in October 2016 and things were good. Do give us an update if there are any changes.

  14. Satheesh Krishna

    Wow it’s a very neat and useful description. Very useful for a family trip planning. Thank you.

  15. V T Badari Narayanan

    Thorough rebuttal to a complaint. You deserve to be paid for every post. Good going

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